5-10 September 2011 The BornTroWay Creative Arts Workshop in Port Harcourt kick started on 2nd September 2011 at Rumueme Secondary School, Port Harcourt with the audition process that over 100 registered and auditioned, out of which 45 were selected. Financed entirely through individual cash and in kind support thanks to the hard work of the Chief Fundraising Officer Mrs Aleruchi Cookey-Gam – the  workshop started Monday 5th September at the Model Girls Secondary School, Rumueme and it ended with a public show which was held at the Civic Centre,  Port Harcourt on Friday, September 9. The workshop was facilitated by AJ Dagga Tolar, Poet; Ropo Ewenla, Actor; Ade Bantu, Musician; Segun Adefila, Dancer. The workshop was held to empower  talented young people between the ages of 15-25 who were interested in the Arts, although a few younger and older participants were added with the aim to  trigger constructive team dynamics. The participants went through a weeklong training programme during which they learned and honed their existing skills in music, dance, theatre and spoken-  word. The workshop sessions usually started with warm up sessions after which the participants would go into their different groups and attend the classes.  During the workshop, the participants had to write songs, come up with drama sketches and do dance routines.  All songs, drama, and dance routines were  subsequently fused into one performance, which was showcased at the Civic Centre on the Friday.  The public performance, which was anchored by tv  presenter/producer, Yvonne Vixen Ekwere, kicked off with solo performances from some of the workshop participants.  The drama showed young people who  had talents but who were letting their talents lie fallow and the aftermath of the realisation of the potential they had in them. The drama ended with spoken  word from a person who still hadn’t followed his dreams and who was wondering if it was not too late for him to do so.  Some of the other themes recurring in  the performance were rejection, utilising talents, changing society, valuing the environment, among others. Also performing at the event were some established Port Harcourt artistes, MTrill, Mr Robinson and True O’Zee who came to support the young participants. The workshop rounded up with a picnic at Prestige People’s Club in Rumola, Port Harcourt on Saturday 10 September 2011.
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